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01-20-2011, 09:08 AM
Great feature by John Blanchette about Leon Rice.

Get a print copy so that you can see Leon riding into the stadium on a horse!

My favorite quotes:

"Sitting atop Willy, a buckskin paint, on the sidelines at a Boise State football game, Leon Rice could imagine only two things going wrong.

First vision: He would end up like the silver-helmeted ROTC commandant in “Animal House,” foot caught in a stirrup, dragged up and down the field by the spooked horse.

Second vision: He’d lose control of the 17-year-old gelding and it would trample Kellen Moore, the star quarterback.

“Either way, I’d end up on ‘SportsCenter,’” Rice said, “and if it’s the second one, I’m banned from the city forever.”

But when you’re trying to establish a foothold for basketball in a town gaga for Broncos football, a horse is a resource, of course, of course. And so much to the astonishment of his new players, who were being introduced to the crowd during a timeout, onto the field rode Leon Rice.

Tall in the saddle."


01-20-2011, 09:53 AM
It is a great photo.

01-20-2011, 10:30 AM
That was a great moment, and it looked like he was having a good time on top of that horse! He really is doing a great job down here in bringing back interest in the basketball team.

01-20-2011, 10:47 AM
Not sure if this is subscription only, but here's a link to the page with the photo. (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jan/20/branding-a-program/?photos). I miss Leon. What a great guy.